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From 2015, Portuguese legislation began to grant nationality, through naturalization, to those who prove the offspring of Sephardic Jews.

Families from all over Brazil are discovering the right to Portuguese nationality through sephardic proof, provided for in the art. 6th, No. 7 of the Nationality Law (Law No. 37/81). Ceará was the state of Brazil with the first case of nationality recognition through this law with Nertan Ribeiro. He learned of this right by a genealogist, who was willing to make his family tree until he reached the ancestors sephardic Branca Dias and Belchior da Rosa.

“My nationality process at the Conservatory (body responsible for granting on the birth certificate it took about eight months and it was worth it. This was a way that found to honor my late father and also a way to fix residence in Portugal,” nertan explains.

Claudiane Juaçaba também conseguiu a sua cidadania portuguesa. Ela e seu esposo tomaram conhecimento da lei que concede a nacionalidade portuguesa a descendentes de judeus por meio de familiares. “O momento de instabilidade do Brasil nos fez buscar este direito e também porque o livre trânsito na Europa com o passaporte vermelho nos interessa, e, quem sabe no futuro, podermos passar uma temporada maior em Portugal”, afirma Claudiane Juaçaba. 

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Renato Martins é sócio e advogado do escritório português Martins Castro Consultoria Internacional, especializado em processos de nacionalidade por meio dos judeus sefarditas. Ele explica que a lei foi uma forma de reparação histórica. “No Brasil, apesar dessa possibilidade ainda ser quase desconhecida, são inúmeras as famílias com origem sefardita e que, por conseguinte, podem requerer a dupla cidadania. O processo, em Portugal, é realizado todo por meio de provas documentais e leva cerca de 12 a 18 meses. Sem dúvida é uma das formas mais rápidas de se conseguir a nacionalidade portuguesa, caso o requerente tenha as orientações corretas”, destaca o advogado.

Who are the Sephardic Jews?

The Sephardic Jews are the Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) at the end of the 15th century and were persecuted by the State and later by the Holy Inquisition, being forced to convert to Catholicism, otherwise they were expelled from the Iberian territory. This fact led to the escape and expulsion of thousands of Jews to various other countries, including Brazil.

The entire process for acquiring nationality through the Sephardic Jews takes three stages:

The step-by-step

Step 1: is the genealogical study based on the information of surnames and places of births. From this, the genealogist can identify whether or not there is chances of descent. If so, he prepares the family tree and a study that proves the Sephardic Jewish origin;

Step 2: it is necessary for the Israeli Community to prove the veracity of the previous study and issue an official certificate;

Step 3: with all the necessary documents gathered, the case is initiated before the Portuguese authorities, and the nationality granted by the Minister of Justice.

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